AUGUSTA, Maine — Longtime public servant Marie T. Varian of Phippsburg was named winner of the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award at Maine Municipal Association’s 75th annual convention earlier this month. The Ethel Kelley Award recognizes distinguished community service and is considered MMA’s most prestigious annual award.
Varian has served her community for 57 years, and she continues to serve. She has held many positions in the Phippsburg area, including the planning board (23 years, chairperson since 1994); school committee (seven years, two years as chair); harbor commission; recreation commission, which she founded in 1972; comprehensive plan committee; ordinances rewrite committee and sea urchin zone council. She also worked for the city of Bath from 1953-59.
Phippsburg was represented by approximately 60 people at the MMA luncheon on Oct. 5, where Varian formally received her award. More than 600 municipal officials from across the state attended the luncheon.
Founded in 1936, the MMA is a voluntary, nonpartisan member-service organization to which 486 municipalities in Maine belong.
It has a core belief that local government is a fundamental component of a democratic system of government. MMA’s services include advocacy, education and information, professional legal and personnel advisory services and self-funded group insurance programs.